Mark and Pete

Mark and Pete

Commentary on social, economic and religious issues from a Christian worldview perspective. Faith and culture and economics are intertwined, Mark and Pete's analysis brings in their experience in the differing words of hard hitting business and caring pastoral church settings. Features a poem with each episode on the theme. Mark and Pete: a businessman and a pastor. Listen on Flame Radio 1521MW in NW England and podcasts on iTunes. Website: Twitter: @markandpete


June 3, 2023 10 mins
As Taylor Swift tours across the country, some fans are claiming they have “post-concert amnesia,” saying they have trouble remembering the concert. Mark and Pete investigate.
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More than a thousand treasure finds were reported last year to coroners in England and Wales - the highest number since the Treasure Act was made law. The county with the most finds was Norfolk, with 98 of the 1,087 finds reported across the two countries. What's all this about, why is it happening?
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May 20, 2023 10 mins
Bills will rise across the UK for ‘between 50 to 100 years’ to pay for sewerage improvement, Water UK has said.

The trade body apologised on behalf of English water companies on Thursday for sewage discharged into rivers and coastal areas.

It said investors will front £10 billion to pay for improvements to storm overflows, aiming to cut the number of spills by up to 140,000 each year by 2030, compared with the level in 2020. This lac...
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May 13, 2023 14 mins
Artificial Intelligence assists people with repetitive and time-consuming jobs. Artificial intelligence or AI performs various everyday tasks with expertise and almost all repetitive tasks can be automated by using AI. But, can AI actually replace humans?
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May 8, 2023 10 mins
The UK and international economies look very different today compared to Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in June 1953. Average weekly earnings were in the region of around £6, compared to around £630 based on the latest data for this year. What will be the religious, social and economic consequences of this once in 70 years event?
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April 29, 2023 16 mins
Official announcement: "Buckingham Palace is pleased to announce further details on the ceremonial, celebratory and community events that will take place over the Coronation Weekend between Saturday 6th and Monday 8th May 2023." But is it a good thing? Mark and Pete have the answers.
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April 22, 2023 12 mins
Are smart motorways a dumb idea? Slow speed limits, no hard shoulders... and now they're being blamed for a string of fatal crashes
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April 15, 2023 13 mins
Still fresh as a daisy: Mary Quant's era-defining fashion catered to women’s new sense of freedom in the 60s and a V&A retrospective shows Mary Quant is as relevant as ever. Mary Quant died recently but fashion is as sill as ever.
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April 10, 2023 13 mins
With the BBC facing increased political and public scrutiny, and a number of different challenges, this is a good time to take stock about what research can tell us about the role of the BBC and public service news in the UK.
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UK bookmaker William Hill has been fined a record £19 million by the gambling regulator for "widespread" failures.

The Gambling Commission found evidence of "widespread and alarming" social responsibility and money laundering failures. How tightly shoule betting be regulated? Should it be banned?
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April 1, 2023 11 mins
What do you do at Eater. There are a large number of traditional Easter games and customs in the Christian world. Many of these games incorporate Easter eggs. . Of these the most well known, widespread and popular until the modern times are the egg rolling, egg hunt, egg tapping, and egg dance. Their rules may vary in different cultures and localities. At the same time, there exist less known peculiar customs. Nowadays child entert...
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March 30, 2023 8 mins
In the 1960s, NASA’s spacesuits were custom made for individual astronauts, who, at the time, were all men. In the 1970s, the agency’s priorities shifted and more astronauts flew, so NASA opted for spacewalking suits that could be used by multiple astronauts to save money and time. These suits are modular, with separate pieces for arms, legs, and torsos. Women, the thinking went, could fit into the same sizes made for smaller men. ...
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New strikes and protests from some of France’s leading unions are under way against a highly controversial #pensions reform plan that has seen millions come out on the streets against it.The proposed changes include raising the retirement age from 62 to 64 and increasing the number of years people must make contributions to receive a full state pension. But are pensions affordable at all in today's world?

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With the collapse of Credit Suisse and California’s Silicon Valley Bank, the world banking industry is going through its biggest shock since the 2008 global #financialcrisis. Governments insist the banking system is safe. But what is the truth?
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Sausage roll maker #Greggs has said there is a “clear opportunity” to have “significantly more than 3,000 UK shops” as a surge in sales helps fuel its rapid expansion. How is this even possible?
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March 11, 2023 13 mins

The #BBC scramblesd as stars rally around suspended host #Lineker The BBC was forced to scrap much of its weekend sports programming including tonights Match of the Day programme as it scrambled to stem a crisis over its suspension of Lineker for comments criticizing the British government's asylum policy.

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March 9, 2023 13 mins
Has Isabel Oakeshott crippled the already faltering public trust in journalism? It was her that leaked the WhatsApp messages she had been given in confidence by the hapless and trusting ex Health Secretary, Matt Hancock. And does the content of the message dispel any possibility of trusting Hancock himself?
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John Motson was a great football commentator and in fact in many ways he was THE voice of football. Why are some people simply the voice of choice?
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February 25, 2023 10 mins
We drink huge quantities of watter from throaway plastic water bottles and plastics are killing up to a million people a year, the growing tide of plastic pollution is killing up to a million people as year as well as having devastating consequences on the environment. Mark and Pete weigh in.
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#NicolaStugeon's resignation as Scottish First Minister is certainly a seismic moment in the history of the country post-devolution. Her eight years in charge have been among the most bitter and divisive in living memory as she looked to tear up the family of nations that is the UK. Is she a prime example of get #woke go broke?
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